Detox diets – myth or reality?
If your holiday diet consisted of eating heavily processed foods or artificial, can you think of adopting a detox diet.
With the ultimate objective of cleansing the body of toxins 21st century (food additives, pesticides, pollutants and other hazardous compounds), increase energy levels, cleanse the skin, eliminate bloating headaches and even weight loss, detox diets seem to be the ideal solution.
These diets really work?
The first question that comes to mind when we hear about this type of diet (detoxification) is if we really help you safely remove toxins from the body.
Basic ingredients of detox diets
All detox diets are a combination of food restriction. These diets usually begin with a “clearing phase” that lasts about two to three days during which you can consume only liquids.
Until about a week later can be added brown rice, cooked fruits and vegetables, while the other food (except red meat, sugar, eggs and prepackaged food) can be returned in the final stage. This final phase should be followed indefinitely for maintenance.
Of course, no standard definition of a detox diet programs vary considerably.
Most detox diets include eliminating caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, and limiting meat consumption. These diets also tend to involve the consumption of large amounts of fluids, fiber, and raw vegetables – foods that are known to cleanse the gastrointestinal system of accumulated harmful substances.
Also during such diets are encouraged wash water colon and rectum (enema), use of laxatives and antioxidants. Some diets even include relaxation therapy, such as massage, sauna, aromatherapy and breathing exercises.
Lack of science behind detox diets
There is no evidence supported the harmful chemicals accumulate in the body (in fact, the liver and kidneys must be good enough to rid the body of toxins). And even if toxins accumulate in the body, there is no reason to believe that these detox diets we could get rid of them.
Famous American toxicologists made the following statements:
- A high intake of fluids, could theoretically help to eliminate some water-soluble chemicals such as arsenic, but not soluble grasimurilor (chemicals that make up the majority of pollutants).
- Consumption of fiber can help remove toxic substances that accumulate in the liver, but not the chemicals located in other parts of the gastrointestinal system intenstinal.
- Raw vegetables have special detoxifying properties other than their high fiber content.
- Most chemicals are fat soluble and are stored as fat. The best way to get rid of these toxins is by detoxification diets, but fat burning and weight loss. Thin people get rid of toxins faster than overweight and obese.